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Hamster batch converts your video files for free (Download Squad)

Jul 24th 2010 6:02PM Great. Another crapware program that rips off ffmpeg and violates the GPL. Why do all these fly-by-night "developers" insist on violating the license of the same open source project and dressing it up in similar gaudy GUIs? If you're going to be a creep, at least be original.

BTW, S.U.P.E.R triggers Windows DEP and breaks existing Avisynth installations, MediaCoder violates the licenses of both Nero (AAC encoder) and several GPU-accelerated video encoders, etc. As usual, the only way to get what you expect is to use software coded by people that give a damn, make source code available where required, and consistently post change logs and respond to feature requests.

Classic pirate day fun: Monkey Island free until midnight tonight! (Download Squad)

Sep 20th 2009 9:30PM Game installs the SecuROM rootkit. Avoid!

Thomson releases mp3HD lossless codec and toolkit (Download Squad)

Mar 23rd 2009 3:15PM You really need to clarify a few things here. Bitrates ARE NOT on par with FLAC, see posts on Doom9 and hydrogenaudio for more information. Secondly, all current devices ONLY play back the mp3 substream of the file; the lossless is part is not decoded by any hardware, including iPods. The codec operates like AC3+MLP (TrueHD) rather than MPEG-4 SLS. But lulz at the posters who can't distinguish between 128kbps CBR Fraunhofer encodes and FLAC.

Four addons to combine Firefox UI elements and save space (Download Squad)

Feb 26th 2009 3:07PM You guys should really do a userchrome.css roundup to complement this article. I use TinyMenu in conjunction with a disabled Bookmarks toolbar and a bunch of userchrome tweaks to get a single toolbar 24px high on a 1920x1200px monitor and that's without even shrinking the font or toolbar padding.

DivX 7 adds support for HD H.264 videos (Download Squad)

Jan 12th 2009 6:55PM DivX does not (yet) provide any method to configure its new H.264 encoder - which, if I understand correctly, is just a re-branded MainConcept encoder - preferring instead to force H.264 at certain converter presets and DivX ASP at others. Even disregarding this limitation, the MainConcept encoder can't compete with the open-source x264 encoder for quality, as evidenced by the results of testing its original incarnation against (now outdated, by the way) x264 builds.

In short, nothing I'm too excited about. DivX continues to sell a subset of features that free software does better. Yawn.

Driver Backup! 2 is a free, portable DriverMax alternative (Download Squad)

Dec 3rd 2008 5:34PM Do you have any recommendations for freeware or free software non-spammy Windows (Vista) driver update programs? I'm really dissatisfied with the support and updates from Sony, and while I've used laptopvideo2go to update my Nvidia 8-series drivers, I'm sure many other drivers are out of date by now.

OpenCandy - Would you like fries with your software installation? (Download Squad)

Nov 12th 2008 8:36PM Even if you opt out, you'll still get an (empty) "OpenCandy" folder on the root of your C:\ drive, which I guess is the installer cache for the bloatware. That's stupid . . . I ran into this happening when I installed MediaInfo the other day.

Bloom: Brian Eno's ambient music app for iPhone (Download Squad)

Oct 9th 2008 9:10AM Brian Eno also released a similar desktop application called "77 Million Paintings" which generates images as it generates music. I have it installed and while I don't use it much it is great for killing the time it takes me to fall asleep on long train or plane trips.

IP Organizer is a Free Way to Manage Multiple Static IP Settings (Download Squad)

Oct 3rd 2008 12:33PM Why can't these developers ever use the native Windows interface? Inevitably, the custom one they use looks like crap and defeats users' expectations about how it works.

Be Careful Where You Go Green: Znout vs. Greenseng Search (Download Squad)

Sep 24th 2008 10:03AM What a waste of time. Anyone obsessive enough to use a "carbon neutral search engine" - as if the term even means anything - deserves their neurosis.